6th B. Krishna Memorial National IPR Moot Court Competition 2014

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Symbiosis Law School, Pune, the constituent of Symbiosis International University, kick started its 3 day long Moot Court Competition 2014 today the 7th of February, 2014 in association with Krishna and Saurastri Associates at 17:30 Hrs in the SLS, Pune Auditorium.

Hon'ble Mr. Justice J.A. Patil, former Judge Bombay High Court, Chairman, Commission of Inquiry into alleged irregularities relating to Adarsh C.H.S Ltd., Colaba, Mumbai graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The Krishna National IPR Moot Court Competition-2014 is going to witness various historic moments this time. It is going to be a unique blend of substantive laws and the procedural requirements of intellectual property regime prevalent worldwide. The usual IPR Law based problem this time is based on national and international arbitration laws too. Justice Patil and Dr. Rajani Gupte took the audience by surprise by inaugurating the first ever symbiosis live webcast portal which will cover the final rounds including the Valedictory ceremony just by clicking at the link: http://gowebtechnology.com/live-events/sls/webcast.html

26 Law Schools across the country including NLSIU, Bangalore; NLU, Delhi; RMLNLU, Lucknow: TSNLU, Tirchi: DSNLU, Vishakhapatnam; NLU, Orissa; Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat; ILS, Pune and IIT Kharagpur shall be battling out to conquer the glittering trophy.

Dr. Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, SIU, in her inaugural address emphasized upon the need of practical learning. She said that Dr. Gurpur's innovative vision is playing a vital role in translating it to reality. She further added that, the innovation in the field of education, which has been witnessed by Law or Business school, has in fact opened doors for a more profound personal and friendly teaching experience that further the knowledge of the students.

Welcoming the participants, Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune and Dean, Faculty of Law, SIU, said that the Symbiosis Education Culture focuses both on classroom and the practical learning. Highlighting the Moot court association and its activities she said that mooting is a part of life cycle of students in Symbiosis, imbibing in them the skills required for excellent advocacy.

Adv. Shri R. Muralidharan gave the participants an introduction to the competition and emphasized the need for a skill based learning experience. He stressed on the need to protect knowledge that we create and predicted that there will be a high demand for patent lawyers in near future. Advocate Muralidharan provided valuable advice to the competing mooters to help and navigate their way through the intricately designed moot problem in the field of Patents. According to him, it is not how much you know but how much you articulate in short time that matters.

In his address, Hon'ble Mr. Justice J.A. Patil, stressed upon the role of moot competitions in sharpening the advocacy skills. Recollecting his student days he said that these skill developing, practical events were not present for the benefit of lawyers then. According to him, Law is the last word given by the last court and the observations of the Supreme Court become the Law of land.

At the end, Dr. Bindu Ronald, Deputy Director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, proposed the vote of thanks.

Final round of the competition will take place on 9th Feb 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Vishwabhawan Auditorium and shall be judged by Hon'ble Mr. Justice V. Gopala Gowda, Judge Supreme Court of India, Hon'ble Mr. Justice A. K. Banerjee, Judge Calcutta High Court, Dr. Ruchi Tiwari, Joint Controller, Patents & Designs, Mumbai, Adv. A. Mariarputham, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Adv. LataaKrishnamurti, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India.

The valedictory and Prize Distribution Ceremony will be held on 9th Feb 2014 at 2:30 pm in the Vishwabhawan Auditorium.

Hon'ble Mr. Justice V. Gopala Gowda, Judge, Supreme Court of India, will be the Chief Guest for the function.

Padma Bhushan Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder and Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director Symbiosis, Dr. Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, SIU, will also grace the valedictory ceremony.